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rhb architectes : École maternelle Vauban

In Strasbourg (67), the rhb architectes agency offers a second life to the Vauban nursery school. This complex renovation, carried out brilliantly by the architects, revolved around the modernization of the classrooms and the library, the redevelopment of rest and activity areas, as well as the restructuring of the sanitary facilities and the premises dedicated to the staff. and teaching teams.

At the request of the City of Strasbourg, the project managers renovated, restructured and brought up to standard the Vauban nursery school, a historic establishment which includes a main building built in the mid-1950s and several extensions added in the 1990s. At the crossroads of the Neustadt and Port du Rhin districts, the school complex benefits from a privileged location between city and port, particularly highlighted by the rhb architects teams.

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As part of this ambitious renovation project, the architects wished to strengthen the dialogue between interior and exterior. On the town side, a wide access ramp emphasizes the entrance to the establishment and its institutional dimension, while ensuring accessibility to all audiences. On the courtyard side, the historic rotunda, open to 360 ° on a wooded landscape, hosts a games room. Outside, business areas have been redeveloped by the city of Strasbourg. Equipped with equipment such as a playground, a storage shed and an outdoor classroom, the courtyard is a space for experiments conducive to the awakening of young students.

Inside, the establishment's spatial qualities have been enhanced. The project managers have in fact chosen to emphasize the generous traffic, the high ceilings and the monumentality of the stairs by combining existing architectural elements with custom-designed pine furniture. This contemporary furniture is used as well for the uses of the pupils and the teaching staff as for the improvement of the acoustics and the concealment of the technical organs. For this redevelopment of the Vauban nursery school, rhb architectes thus sought to magnify the architecture of the historic building while providing the whole with a contemporary touch.

To learn more, visit rhb architectes website.

Photographs: © rhb architectes

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